To the list that includes Biomet, Stryker and Zimmer can be added Smith & Nephew which has signed an agreement with OrthoSensor that will pair the company’s VERASENSE Sensor Assisted Surgery Technology for soft tissue balancing with Smith & Nephew’s JOURNEY™ II and LEGION™ Total Knee Systems.
Historically, soft tissue balancing has been accomplished by subjective surgeon feel. OrthoSensor’s VERASENSE Knee System is something of a paradigm shift, using advanced sensor technologies to provide surgeons with real-time, quantitative data that enables evidence-based, intraoperative decisions regarding component position, limb alignment and soft tissue releases to achieve balance and stability through a full range of motion. Research reportedly shows that patients whose knees have been balanced with the VERASENSE Knee System report less pain and experience greater improvements in function, activity levels and satisfaction post-operatively.
“Proper alignment and soft-tissue balance are vital to achieving favorable biomechanics in total knee replacement procedures,” said Dr. Steven Haas, Chief of the Knee Service at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery. “VERASENSE not only allows me to verify the benefits of newer knee designs, it also helps ensure proper knee balance, which leads to a more normal feeling knee and a return to the active lifestyle these patients desire.”
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“Our JOURNEY II Total Knee System with VERILAST™ Technology is already delivering improved knee motion, patient function and implant wear reduction,” said Gaurav Agarwal, President of Orthopaedic Reconstruction for Smith & Nephew. “By combining our innovations with VERASENSE’s exacting component placement and soft-tissue balancing our surgeons can deliver even more benefits to patients.”
Jay Pierce, President and CEO stated; “We are seeing promising improvements in clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction in a multi-center study tracking patients balanced with VERASENSE. We are pleased to work with Smith & Nephew to enable more surgeons to better treat their patients with our technology and the JOURNEY II and LEGION Total Knee Systems.”
Source: Smith & Nephew plc, PR Newswire